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Thursday, 19 February 2009

The Puritan Gift - Best Ever Business Book

I am re-reading The Puritan Gift by Kenneth and Willam Hopper (ISBN 978-1-85043-419-1), in my opinion the best business book that I have ecer read. In fact it is more that merely a "business" book, rather a history of the Great American Engines of Growth from the early days of the Republic and their consequent decline under the malign influence of the Cult of the (so-called) Experts.

The Hopper brothers forecast the current economic situation and mention in some detail the problems which Fanny Mae and Freddy Mac were exhibiting as long ago as 2006 when it seems a congressional Committee knew about their situation and nothing was done about it.

Maybe that is the problem with what we are now experiencing. Analysis is a fine thing but in the end the only thing that matters is the action that is taken as a consequence of the analysis.

Read the book and learn from a master. You won't regret it! It is currently in hardback and a soft back edition is due out soon.

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3 comments:

Lois said...

Great blog, Ivan. I look forward to reading the book. As a Vistage employee, I appreciate your insight.

Ivan J Goldberg said...

Thanks Lois - great to hear from you and I'm really relieved that someone is actually reading the blog!
Have a great weekend and give my best regards to all my friends in Vistage San Diego.
Ivan

Stephen said...

Ivan - Good to see the blog is working and I'll be picking up a copy of the book once the paperback is out. Thanks for the tip!